Friday, April 30, 2010

Celebrate Día Today!

April 30th marks the annual Children's Day/Book Day celebration, also known as El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Día).  Día celebrates literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.  The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), encourages parents to read at home with their children and promotes family library use. Here's more details from the ALSC Día Fact Sheet
Día’s vision is to spread “bookjoy” every day by linking children from all languages and cultures with books, and celebrating together across the country on April 30. Its goals are to honor children, their languages and culture; to encourage reading and literacy; and to promote library collections and programs that reflect our plurality.
El día de los niños/El día de los libros is an enhancement of Children’s Day, which began in 1925 as a result of the first “World Conference for the Well Being of Children” in Geneva, Switzerland. Children’s Day was designated as a day to bring attention to the importance and well being of children. It was then designated by the United Nations for November 20, by UNICEF for April 23 and by Mexico for April 30 (Día del Niño)...
More Día Resources:
Recommended Reading List (PDF) - from Get Caught Reading
(This list features some YA books that sound really interesting.  More for the TBR pile!)

Activities and Resources from Reading Rockets

Dia Celebrations from the National Latino Children's Institute

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